Covenant Community Church exists to glorify God by making disciples through planting and growing Authentic Gospel Communities. Our hope, since planting Covenant in 2010 was that God would allow us to participate in planting more churches in Pearland and beyond. Lee and Sandra Peoples moved to Pearland with their two boys David and James in August of 2015 to join our first try at establishing a Church Planting Residency through the Gulf Coast Baptist Association.
As their pastor for the last 18 months, I cannot begin to express how much they have blessed our church family by their presence. Lee has led ministry teams, preached on many occasions and led missional community. He has assisted the elders of Covenant in planning and executing the vision of our church. He has been diligent, patient and courageous and kind and hospitable. Sandra has been an amazing presence among us as well, offering her gifts, her insights and her passion to our Church family particularly blessing the women of Covenant in beautiful ways. I have seen in the Peoples Family a vivid picture of obedience, endurance and gospel-driven sacrifice. Their humility in obeying the call to leave all the comforts of their life and ministry in Pennsylvania has encouraged and challenged me. They are Godly people, faithful missionaries, and good friends. I am glad that I know them.
Over the last six months, as the time to plant drew near, Lee and Sandra started a Journey Group which met in their home. Their vision began to solidify as they gathered with their core group and began to do outreaches into the community.
Journey Church's vision is for every home in Pearland to be presented with the hope, love, and comfort of the gospel that Jesus provides through His people.
We envision a city changed by the gospel. We envision strong families and the next generation loving and serving Jesus. We envision lonely and hurting people finding hope and comfort within a community of believers. We envision being a church that accommodates those with disabilities.
Today Covenant will send out Journey Church from our weekly fellowship through prayer and encouragement. We will bless Lee and Sandra as they set out on the journey of planting Journey Church. While we will miss them from regular involvement in the life of Covenant, we are excited to see that the Lord of the harvest is still sending out workers into the field.
Starting next week, they'll be meeting in Challenger Elementary School in Pearland, near the South Down Neighborhood. Over the next three months they'll be partnering with The Way of Life Church, another church plant coming to Pearland under the leadership of Chris Clemons.
Covenant, and any others who find their way to this blog post, there are several ways you can partner with Journey Church as they start this new chapter.
- Join them by Giving. Tax deductible gifts can be given to Covenant Community Church, designated for Journey Church. We have ongoing support opportunities for those who want to commit to giving a set amount each year or each month.
- Join them in ministry. As Journey Church grows and ministers, there will be opportunities to partner with them for long-term ministry or on a short-term basis.
May God bless the Peoples family with his presence, his people, and a fruitful ministry to the lost, the least, the last, and the lonely in Pearland.
Our mission will not be complete until every man woman and child has repeated opportunities to hear, understand and respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Please pray for them, give to their church, and listen to the Lord of the harvest, he very well may have you go with them into the fields.